Holistic Flea Treatment for Dogs

Traditional flea treatment for dogs usually consists of pesticides, which can cause reactions in some dogs. Many owners are trying holistic flea treatments to prevent and eliminate fleas on their dogs.

Dog Treatment

Eliminating fleas on your dog does not require veterinarian-prescribed medication, which often contains pesticides and other chemicals. There are many herbal products available at pet stores, including sprays, shampoos and collars. Be sure to read the label to determine which ingredients are used in the product, as some herbal products can be harmful when combined with certain medications. Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns.

Any type of shampoo you use to eliminate fleas should be effective, as adult fleas die in warm, soapy water. However, this will not kill the eggs, which can hatch later or be deposited throughout your house.

To prevent flea infestations, consider adding a teaspoon of brewer's yeast or garlic to your dog's food, which is one of the top-rated holistic methods for reducing fleas.

In addition to a dietary change, there are several holistic powders and sprays that can be applied to your dog on an as-needed basis. To make a powder, add equal parts of as many of these herbs as you would like:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Yellowdock
  • Wormwood
  • Rue

Sprinkle this on your dog by rubbing your hand backward across his back to lift the hair and sprinkle it on the skin. This can be added daily if necessary.

For a powerful rinse, slice a lemon, including the peel, and let sit overnight in a pint of boiling water. Sponge over your dog and let it dry. This can also be applied daily as necessary.

If traditional flea prevention methods don't suit you, there are many holistic options available for treating your dog. Just remember that holistic includes not only treating your dog but your house to prevent fleas from returning.

Home Treatment

Fleas can live as dormant larvae for up to a year in your carpet, waiting for appropriate conditions. When trying to eliminate a flea infestation, treat your house and not just your pets. Wash your dog's bedding in hot water and vacuum carpets frequently. Dispose of the bag in your vacuum cleaner in an airtight plastic bag outside of your home, so eggs can't hatch and re-infest.

Eucalyptus leaves have proven to be an excellent flea deterrent. They can be placed underneath your carpet or underneath dog beds to repel fleas. You can also make a spray with 1/4 teaspoon eucalyptus oil to 8 to 10 ounces of water. This can be sprayed through your house or on your dog.

Keep your lawn mowed and keep leaf litter and other good flea habitats swept up and disposed of. Don't discourage ants from your yard as they are predators of fleas or add nematodes, which will eat flea eggs in the yard. Consider adding diatomaceous earth to your yard and cracks around your house to reduce fleas. Apply agricultural lime to moist areas to dry out fleas.